Magical Mud: spa treatments for spring

Beauty trends come and go, but the concept of wellness – which has rapidly become entwined in the spa world – is here to stay. In today’s hectic world, taking time out to reset and revive the mind is more important than ever. “It’s essential to have some time where you can switch off,” says Polynesian Spa retreat manager Helena Keenan. “It’s necessary for self-care.”

A day spent at Polynesian Spa is just the cure for a tired mind and body. After a soak in the wellness centre’s rejuvenating mineral waters, round-off your pampering with a Signature Spa Mud Wrap ($179 for 60 minutes, $250 to add a 30-minute massage). The restorative treatment begins with a full-body polish exfoliation before Rotorua’s world famous mineral-packed geo-thermal mud is applied in a full-body mud mask. Sulphur, calcium, sodium and silicon in the mud provide skin with a hit of antioxidants and the treatment is completed with a warm shower and choice of moisturiser to nourish the skin.

Put down the smartphone and allow yourself to truly relax.

Polynesian Spa, 1000 Hinemoa Street, Rotorua,

Caring for Hair at Home

Glossy, bouncy  hair might seem like something we’re only blessed with after stepping out of the salon. But Joico ambassador and owner of Cocoon Hair Design, Felicity Bruce says it’s definitely possible to recreate radiant tresses at home.

Bruce explains there is no one-size-fits-all approach to keeping locks luscious. “Your hairdresser needs to prescribe the correct products for you,” she says, suggesting you talk with your hairdresser about any issues.

While all hair colours need extra love and attention at times, those with blonde hair need to pay extra attention to the products and routine they’re using. “The colouring process is very different,” explains Bruce. “That’s why you need products that have been created to repair and maintain the health of the hair; it’s about using products that work best for the chemical process.”

Bruce recommends Joico’s Blonde Life range which consists of a shampoo, conditioner, mask and the newly launched Brightening Veil – an innovative detangler that helps soften and protect blonde hair. “Some blondes have tuggy ends, having a detangling spray can soften the hair to blow dry,” explains Bruce. “Brightening Veil strengthens the hair without overdoing it.” After your normal haircare routine, lightly spray the product in to detangle and add shine, protection and strength. “It protects from mechanical damage, thermal damage and UV damage too.”

As for natural blondes, Bruce says Blonde Life is the perfect solution for them too. “Sometimes people with naturally blonde hair are susceptible to brassiness, [but] they just want to keep their natural blonde colour healthy,” she explains. According to Bruce that’s exactly what the collection does – it eliminates brassiness without overtoning. “Natural blondes can have mechanical damage and UV damage and it’s just about making it stronger and shinier.”